CALL FOR
APPLICATIONS

Shaping inclusive societies is an opportunity for people that are passionate and active about the topic of migration and creating truly inclusive societies in which all people can realise their full potential and talents: to reflect, connect and learn collectively. By joining this program, you will be part of a global network of teams from Canada, Germany and Morocco that are curious and committed to addressing local challenges with a global perspective in mind. The program aims to strengthen local cross-sectoral teams made up of newcomers* and locals* in Germany, Morocco and Canada that are working to address challenges related to inclusion, equality and connection among newcomers and locals in their regional context. What makes this program stand out is the focus we place on awareness building.

Over 14 months, teams will be guided in a process to reflect on and question their mindset and approach towards migration and inclusion-related topics from a personal as well as professional standpoint. Building on this awareness, the program will weave in capacity building skills related to social impact planning, co-creation methods and inclusive language, as well as individual team coaching and coaching of all participants in order to build a community of conscious and impactful leaders in inclusion.

*) for the definition of newcomers and locals please have a look at the FAQs.

Shaping Inclusive Societies is a joint program by
SINGA Deutschland and the Robert Bosch Foundation.

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Key elements
of the program

What you can expect

  • curated international network of active, passionate people in the field of migration and inclusion
  • training to develop awareness as a skill
  • intensive reflection sessions on mindset, intention and unconscious bias
  • training on planning and measuring social and collective impact
  • training on inclusive language and program design
  • training on social innovation methods
  • co-creation sessions for local solutions
  • team coaching to follow-up on training content
  • team coaching to support project implementation
  • 5-day in person retreat in one of the countries
  • travel budget for the possibility to meet the other projects in the network
  • online and in-person coaching by the SINGA team
  • financial grant for local projects, 15.000 EUR per local team of 2-3 people

Outcomes
of the program

What you will learn and earn

  • exchange with, inspiration and support from peer participants and their expertise on inclusive practices
  • solid understanding of awareness and how to cultivate it as a skill
  • profound understanding of own mindset, intention and biases
  • clearly defined impact goals for your project
  • more impactful local projects that have been shaped together with international peers
  • part of a global collective impact network of inclusive leaders
  • membership in Bosch Alumni Network
  • enhanced knowledge of how to apply SINGA’s innovative inclusion toolkit
  • a truly magical and transformative experience

TIMELINE

What the journey will look like

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Who can
apply?

Are you passionate about an inclusion-related topic? Are you aiming to create meaningful encounters among newcomers and locals? Are you not alone but willing to collaborate with 1-2 partners from other sectors? Are you interested in becoming more aware of your own mindset, assumptions and intentions that drive your work? Would you like to become part of an international community of inclusion change-maker for mutual support, inspiration and co-creation? Then keep on reading!

Shaping Inclusive Societies is looking for two cross-sectoral teams each from Germany, Morocco and Canada who:

  • are active and passionate about the topic of migration and social inclusion, are from and collaborate with the non-profit, private and public sector

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  • are passionate about working towards a truly inclusive society in the context of migration
  • the challenge and project idea they define are based in regions of – or one medium-sized city in Canada, Germany or Morocco, i.e. a city with a population between ca. 100.000 and 1.000.000 people
  • apply as a team of 2-3 partners with a joint, local challenge and want to further develop their skills in awareness, impact design, inclusive language, co-creation methods

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  • are part of a team of two-three partners – newcomers and locals – working across sectors:
    • at least one team member must be employed by a registered non-profit organization i.e. an organization that is registered as a legal entity and is at least 3 years old
    • the one-two other partner must be active as a freelancer or having a position in an organization from a different sector, such as: private industry/business, public administration/elected officials, education sector (including higher education), media, culture etc.
  • have jointly identified a challenge that needs to be overcome to create a more inclusive society in your city or region
  • have either already started a project/initiative in their local context to address this challenge or have a clear idea what this project/initiative will be
  • have strong commitment to attend all our workshops, retreat and coaching sessions over a period of 14 months from Oct. 2021 to Nov. 2022

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  • want to further develop their skills in awareness building, impact design, inclusive language and co-creation methods
  • are willing and able to travel, both domestically and internationally
  • intermediate level of proficiency in English
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FAQ

How does SINGA define newcomers and locals? Does our project need to address both target groups?

  • Yes, the solution you and your partners have must involve both newcomers and locals.
  • There are many different terms used officially and unofficially to label people in the context of migration and diversity. There are no perfect terms, and the very concept of labeling people is often problematic. In an effort to be clear about our target groups and to use language that is the least stigmatizing, we use the term ‘’newcomer’’ to refer to people with any political status or lack thereof, living in a different country than where they grew up. As a reference point, in Canada, this term tends to refer to people that moved to Canada less than 3 years ago. We are less concerned with the number of years your newcomer target group has been living in your region, but rather, the extent to which they feel their experience of migration has affected their level of marginalization/access to aspects of everyday life, such as: information, networks, communities, power to decide and (co-)create one’s life as wished and desired. So basically, it’s up to you!
  • Of course, the same issues around labeling apply to the word ‘’local’’. At some point, many newcomers may feel like newcomers and locals at the same time. Here, we use the term local to refer to people that have been living in your region for many years and have easy access to local networks, knowledge and opportunities. This can include people that were born in your country or immigrants that have been living there for many years.

Why is it so important to include locals as a target group of the project? Isn’t this all about supporting newcomers?

  • We believe that a truly inclusive society involves active participation and commitment from newcomers and locals. In fact, locals often need even more support in accessing newcomer networks, learning about their own bias and addressing barriers that lead to structural discrimination than vice versa because topics of inclusion are often not on things they have to think about automatically.  
  • There are needs and concerns on the sides of both newcomers and locals that prevent societies from being inclusive. If you focus only on the needs and ‘’problems’’ of newcomers, your program may actually reproduce the unequal power dynamics that you’re trying to address – like newcomers being only in a receiving role and locals in a giving role.
  • Meaningful encounters between locals and newcomers are just as important in enriching the lives and sense of belonging of locals in their society as they are for newcomers.

Does our team absolutely have to include people working in different sectors? Can we join with other NGOs to apply?

  • The cross-sectoral approach is important for the success of the project. We know from experience and from research that systemic change is greatly advanced if people from different sectors work together on a common impact goal. This can include people working for organizations or working on freelance basis.
  • Your team of two-three partners must include a registered non-profit organization to receive the 15.000 € donation (see question above). The other one-two partners should come from a different sector such as business, public administration, elected officials, media, arts, education, sports, etc. If two partners have the same legal form (for example, are both registered as NGOs) they should be active in different fields in order to bring diverse perspectives, expertise and networks to the team.

Do I need to be part of a non-profit organization?

  • At least one of the two-three team members needs to be part of a registered charity or non-profit entity in your country that is legally able to receive charitable donations. This is because SINGA can only forward the 15.000€ in the form of a charitable donation.
  • The other one-two members should be working in other sectors, such as private sector, public sector, media or education.

What kind of leadership positions should we have?

It is important that you are active and motivated on the topic of migration and inclusion. Leaders often don’t realise the influence and impact they have or can have. A leadership position in the organization, sector or community permits you to make strategic decisions and changes to the way your organization, project or community works. We are interested in working with teams that are also capable of having an impact on their partners and networks so as to increase the reach of our overall impact. This can include people working for organizations or working on freelance basis, activists or volunteers. The definition of your leadership position is up to you to describe and be aware of!

Do all the people involved in our project need to be fluent in English?

  • Yes, it is crucial that all participants share a common language and are able to communicate comfortably with each other. The entire program including workshops, coaching and networking sessions will all be held in English. All partners of each team should be comfortable having conversations about complex topics such as awareness building, societal inclusion and collective impact in English.
  • The SINGA team also speaks French and German, so if there are instances when you cannot follow the conversations/content, we can help by translating. But this should be the exception rather than the rule.
  • Of course, the local/regional networks involved in every project work in their own, different languages (English, French, German, Darija, etc.). It will be up to each team to share learnings and methods with their local teams and partners in their own languages.

What does the selection process look like?

  • Here is the full list of questions we ask in the application form.
  • Please read the call for applications carefully to determine whether you are eligible to apply. If so, please answer the questions in the application form as a team. Your answers will enable us to assess your teams’ level of motivation and diversity as well as the impact potential of your project. These questions and answers will guide us in selecting the teams.
  • We will interview a short-list of applicants in early September in in case we need to follow up on some of the core elements of your application. We will inform all applicants of our decision by mid-September 2021.

In the application form, we are supposed to identify a “challenge” we want to address and a “project” we want to implement (or are already implementing). What do you mean by this?

  • In this context, the “challenge” refers to the societal problem your idea/project is addressing. There are many deeply rooted issues that prevent the creation of a truly inclusive society, in which newcomers and locals can meet, connect and live as equals. In the application form we ask you to elaborate on the problem, why it exists, and how your idea/project aims to address the root causes.
  • Example: Maybe there is a lack of access to adequate housing for newcomers in your city due to discriminatory stereotypes, a lack of information or necessary networks. Maybe local companies are searching for new employees and don’t know how to access newcomer talent. Maybe newcomers in your city have innovative business ideas but don’t feel targeted by local entrepreneurship support or incubation programs. Our goal is to get to know your level of understanding of the challenge you are addressing.
  • The “project” is the concrete initiative you are running or proposing, to tackle this challenge in your local context and for a specific target group. This project can be either already operational or you plan to start it within the next couple of months.
  • Example: To address the challenge of housing, maybe you have started a project specifically for families, supporting them in finding adequate housing by connecting them to local landlords/landladies. Maybe you launch a professional mentoring program to connect local companies with newcomer talent. Maybe you consult incubators on how to conduct inclusive outreach. The list of possibilities is endless!

Do we already need to have a project in place, or can we apply with an idea?

Both are possible. The important thing is that you have put some thought into the root causes of the challenge and can give details about the (future) target groups and design of the (future) project in the application form.

What do you mean by awareness building? What kind of workshop topics will be included?

  • Our program and workshops will focus on the following topics: inclusive program design and language, co-creation methods, social impact planning and theory of change development and collective impact methods. Our experience with past capacity building programs is that in order for people to really understand and engage with these methods and tools, it is necessary to work on mindset: mindset of inclusion, impact and co-creation. In order to develop a mindset that is open to inclusive practices, language, impact planning and co-creation methods, we all need to become aware of and possibly shift some of our assumptions – this is where awareness building and mindfulness come in!
  • The workshops will be given by a mix of trainers from within SINGA’s team and network across all three countries to ensure a diversity of perspectives and expertise each step of the way.
  • Your team can also request additional trainings on specific topics and propose regional experts on these topics – or ask the international SIS/SINGA-team to provide contacts.
  • You do not need to have experience in any of this. The important thing is your openness and curiosity.
  • We have put together a diverse set of tools from a variety of schools of thought and we do not in any way follow religious teachings. We use these tools only to advance your training, not to bring you in a specific religious direction of any kind. While our participants may or may not follow some form of religious or spiritual practice, our program is strictly neutral with regards to religion or spirituality.

How much time do we need to invest in the program?

  • Around 6 hours per month (most months) for the core program activities: including workshops, networking and coaching sessions that we will schedule in advance.
  • The work done on your own time: however, much time you decide and need, depending on the vision/idea and its implementation.
  • Intensive onboarding in October 2021 of 16 hours over 4 days. The days are set as follows: 18, 20, 26, 28 October 2021. Timing is 3-6pm CET. Please only apply if you can make those dates: it’s crucial that we all start this journey together.
  • One 5-day retreat in spring of 2022 in one of the three countries, plus the travel time to reach the destination.
  • One intensive training session of 2 days in your own country (the SINGA team will travel to you during the program duration, date to be determined). You may need to travel to the city in which the other team in your country is located since we will select two teams from each country.
  • At least one visit (more if you like) to the other team from your country.

How is the local travelling organized and thought-through?

  • There will be plenty of opportunity to collaborate and co-create with this global network both on and offline and a travel budget ensures personal connections with all participants are possible as well as with the SINGA trainers.
  • We have a small travel budget available to cover your costs to meet the other team in your country at least once, as well as to cover your travel costs to the big group retreat (location to be discussed).
  • We will monitor the regulations related to the pandemic in each country and do our best to make informed decisions together with you accordingly.

Can I join only part of the program?

Unfortunately, not. We are building an intensive experience for you to be part of a global team of passionate and committed leaders. Our workshops and interventions build upon each other, and we need everyone on board to ensure group dynamics and peer support.

How can we spend the money? What for and who can get it?

  • First of all, in order to receive the money, one of the partners in the team of two-three must work for a registered non-profit organization. By this we mean that this organization is legally able to receive donations and provide us with a donation receipt (“Spendebescheinigung” or “Reçu de don”).
  • Secondly, you may use the money as you see fit as long as it is directly related to enabling your collaboration and to advancing your local project. We are aware that this is not a large sum. It is intended to compliment more sustainable resources that you already have for your project and to provide you with some flexible money that can be used to cover things that are difficult to fund normally. You can also use the money to pay the other team members or their organizations for work they do on the project – example in the form of a service fee or donation.
  • We will collaborate with you to develop a plan (including milestones) for how you’d like to develop your project during the program. This will also include a financial plan on how you use the money. You do not need such a plan when you apply, we will develop this during the program.

What are the reporting requirements for the program grant?

Our intention is to keep the reporting as simple as possible for you. To learn from your experience, we will gather feedback from you in the form of brief surveys and interviews on 3 occasions and envision a clear and concise 5-page report at the end. Details on the exact scope and templates will follow after a successful application.

Who are you? What would be my interest in co-creating with you?

  • SINGA Deutschland is part of a global network of SINGA organizations in 17 cities (including Berlin, Stuttgart, Montreal) passionate about migration and about building truly inclusive societies. Our mission is to connect newcomers and locals in meaningful ways, based on shared passions. We see in our daily work that by fostering such connections, innovative, impactful, and effective initiatives thrive and drive change. We work directly with our primary target groups of newcomers and locals in our local context Berlin. We also have extensive experience in collaborating with organizations and people who aim to become more inclusive and impactful in their operations. We have implemented a similar program for organizations in Germany and Morocco. Shaping Inclusive Societies brings together all the lessons learned from our work – and is our coolest program yet! We also work with an extensive network of experts and trainers to complement our skills set.
  • The Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of Europe’s largest foundations associated with a private company. It works in the areas of health, education, and global issues. With its charitable activities, it contributes to the development of viable solutions to social challenges. For this purpose, the Foundation implements its own projects, enters alliances with partners, and supports third-party initiatives. Within the Global Issues support area it focuses among other things on building strong immigration societies considering the different needs and potentials of people and fostering the participation of all members of society on equal terms.

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For questions about Shaping Inclusive Societies or

the application directly, check the FAQs and feel free to contact

the Project Manager Diana Crăciun: diana[at]singa-deutschland.de.